THIS SHOW IS PRESENTED IN THE RIVER ROOM. $10 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE BELOW. PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS BAR SERVICE ONLY – NO FOOD SERVICE. IF you would like to join us for dinner, please make reservations in our Cafe prior to the show at 612-379-3138.

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December 2016
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Jeff Arundel 16th Annual Holiday Variety Show $10 Adv/ $10 Door

Friday, December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Featuring the Swedish Men’s Whistling Chorus, Esti Baliz, Steele Arundel, The Whispering Sisters Of Colorado, Fred and Anna Mae Vagle, and JA and the Hammsmen! A Holiday tradition for some, a cult experience for others. Poetry, music, and nostalgia delivered with zeal and earnest commitment! TICKET SALES END 12/2/16 AT 12PM NOON. Seated tickets are sold out, but standing room is available. If you purchase advance tickets, please check in with Will-Call night of the show - your name will…

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Flamin’ Oh’s (Rock) $10

Saturday, December 3 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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After Flamingo released the EP, the 1950's group The Flamingos contacted the young Minneapolis band and informed them: “Change the name or we sue.” So, the band dropped the "g," split the original word, and became known as the Flamin' Oh's. As the Flamin’ Oh’s, the band released two albums on the Fat City Records label. The self-titled debut LP (1980), Flamin' Oh's, became known as the “green” album to the growing numbers of local followers. The second LP (1981),…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, December 4 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and the Buttons

Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Post-Atomic Trio & Srazhalys (Jazz) $5

Sunday, December 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Post Atomic Trio 2016

Post-Atomic Trio blends experimental jazz, neo-soul, electronica and ambient textures to create an energetic vibe. They draw from these different styles while incorporating unique rhythms and voicings in an improvisational context. https://post-atomictrio.bandcamp.com/releases - Melodic flavors of Eastern Europe & Central Asia merge with hard-driving Western rhythms to shape the sound of Srazhalys. https://www.reverbnation.com/srazhalys

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly, Michael "Eyedea" Larson, The Pines, Charlie Par, Dan Wilson, Ill Chemistry feat Desdemona and Carnage…

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Ciaran Daily, Jimmy Peterson & Meg Ashland $6

Thursday, December 8 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Ciaran Daly is a founding member of the Idle Hands and The Stress of Her Regard. His solo material makes Leonard Cohen seem cheerful. https://thestressofherregard.bandcamp.com/releases - Jimmy Peterson mols songwriter over the last 25 years. Played and sang in several local and regional bands including bellwether, missing numbers, and 757s. Straight ahead alt-country and folk rock music. Of late, playing with old friends drummer John Crist and bassist mike derrick. - Meg lives in the country and spends much of…

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Hannah von der Hoff Kickstarter Launch & The Lucky Dutch $6

Friday, December 9 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Minneapolis Native Hannah von der Hoff's soulful vocals transcribe human experience in an amalgam of Jazz, Blues, Soul, Roots and Rock. The dynamics of this live trio will take you from pin-drop vulnerability to aggressive belly moans. Think Jeff Buckley meets Sade meets Bonnie Raitt. Currently in pre-production for the debut of her full-length, this night she will launch her Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign! www.reverbnation.com/hannahvonderhoff - The Lucky Dutch is an American roots-rock band from Illinois, formed in 2008 in Chicago…

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Sarah Morris & The Sometimes Elves BIG Holiday Show! (Americana Pop) $10

Saturday, December 10 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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This is The Big Holiday Show! This is my 8th year of holiday shows and my 6th year with this band! They tried not to love the holiday music, but I just keep bringing it up and jingle-ing bells in their faces and NOW! Now they're kinda into it 😉 We always have a great time at these shows, and I know it's become a tradition for some of you all as well! If you come to our holiday show…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, December 11 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Daniel Schwartz + Gabriel Andrews (Finger-Style Acoustic Folk) $5

Sunday, December 11 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Daniel Schwartz: Starting at the very beginning, his dad's interest in The Grand Ole Opry and his mom's fondness for American Bandstand immersed Dan Schwartz in a wide variety of great music. This influence resonates in the range of music he composes, records and performs today in his solo work and with group: The Neighborhood Trio. Dan has written and released nine CDs and has been featured on several internationally released acoustic guitar compilations including Narada Records Masters of Acoustic…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly, Michael "Eyedea" Larson, The Pines, Charlie Par, Dan Wilson, Ill Chemistry feat Desdemona and Carnage…

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Laura Nicholson Holiday Show (Pop Country) $7

Thursday, December 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Laura Nicholson

http://www.lauranicholsonmusic.com/ When you have a dream that won't leave you alone, it can be terrifying. And sometimes it's not easy to say out loud. But when singer-songwriter, Laura Nicholson finally shed the fear and dropped nearly everything to pursue her passion for music and songwriting, the doors began to open immediately. The up-and-coming songstress brings her positive, adventurous approach to life into her songs. Her lyrics are sweet, uninhibited, and relatable. Over the past two years, Nicholson has been traveling…

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Family Three (Gospel Folk) $7

Friday, December 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.familythreemusic.com Family Three are just two guys and one gal who love music. They would describe their sound as "Blindie-Soulk" - Blues, Indie, Soul and Folk. They have been playing some form of music since they were kids, but it wasn't until recently that they decided to take the next step, and are on the journey of finding out what it means to put the passion of music in the front seat. CALL 612-379-3138 TO RESERVE YOUR TABLE!

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The High 48’s Holiday Show! (Bluegrass) $15

Saturday, December 17 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Since forming in 2006, The High 48s have been making music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude, original songs and a wide range of influences far beyond Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers, and Flatt and Scruggs. In a genre created and dominated by artists from the South, The High 48s were born and raised in the Upper Midwest. And in a music scene where playing standards is the norm, The High 48s are a…

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Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, December 18 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Firebell (Jazz) $5

Sunday, December 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Fire Bell is Park Evans (guitar), Graydon Peterson (upright bass), and Jay Epstein (drums). Evans is a versatile guitarist who currently performs in multiple bands ranging stylistically from jazz to rock to world music including: Enormous Quartet, The Scruffians, Park Evans Quintet, A.P.D., and Love Trade. Peterson is one of the area’s top-call bassists, performing nightly with a variety of vocalists and small ensembles including Debbie Duncan, Arne Fogel, Charanga Tropical and the Graydon Peterson Quartet. Epstein has an extensive…

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly, Michael "Eyedea" Larson, The Pines, Charlie Par, Dan Wilson, Ill Chemistry feat Desdemona and Carnage…

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The Federales (Modern Country) $5

Thursday, December 22 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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The Federales: Classic country for the modern world. We’re not from the Black Hills, the Texas Panhandle or Appalachia. We’re from the Twin Cities. Damn proud of it, too, but we play country music, because it’s one of America’s native languages. We use it to tell our stories of love, good times, Grain Belt, and friends. Some are fact. Some are fiction with the truth hiding in there somewhere. All of them are heartfelt. We’re pickers, fiddlers, groovers & harmonizers.…

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River Room: Patty & the Buttons Swing Dance Holiday Show! $10

Friday, December 23 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Swing dance the night away for a special edition of Patty & The Buttons for their Holiday Show in our beautiful River Room! Doors 7pm Showtime 8pm TICKET SALES END 12/2/16 AT 12PM NOON. If you purchase advance tickets, please check in with Will-Call night of the show - your name will be on a list. Have the receipt issued to you as a backup of proof of purchase. Should the event sell out, if you would like to be…

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CLOSED Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Have a Safe Happy Holiday!

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CLOSED Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Have a Safe Happy Holiday!

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MN Songwriter Showcase hosted by Nick Hensley (FREE)

Wednesday, December 28 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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MN Songwriter Showcase

Jim Walsh (music critic and author) called: "The Minnesota Songwriter Showcase is the piece de resistance of the area’s songwriter's, as hosted by songwriters/musicians Nick Hensley and backed by a two- and sometimes three-piece band. The talent level is always solid." http://www.minnpost.com/arts-culture/2013/11/inside-doug-collins-pope-open-mic-village#.UpYwtACQJgw.twitter Throughout the years we have had some amazing songwriters, singers and performers join us including: Sonny Knight, Martin Zellar, Dave Pirner, Ike Rielly, Michael "Eyedea" Larson, The Pines, Charlie Par, Dan Wilson, Ill Chemistry feat Desdemona and Carnage…

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Good Diction & Little Riddles (Roots/Americana) $5

Thursday, December 29 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Good Diction plays big, bold “rhythm and blues-grass” music that combines sensitive melodies, smooth harmonies, aggressive attack and layered, personal lyrics to create a smart, wild and beautiful sound. Anchored by husband and wife duo Peter (guitar, lead vocals) and Julie Bodurtha (drums), Good Diction’s lineup formed in 2010-2011 with the addition of Grant Adams (bass), Stacy Griffin (violin), Rob Martin (mandolin) and John Eckhardt (keys). The band plays regularly in Minneapolis -- they like good food, bright colors and…

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Marah in the Mainsail & Luna Luna – Formely MISCH (Indie Folk) $7

Friday, December 30 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Marah in the Mailsail

Call 612-379-3138 to reserve your table! http://marahinthemainsail.com Rooted in the musically fertile soil of Minneapolis, Marah In The Mainsail blazes a trail through the indie music scene with their aggressive take on the genre. The band has been carving a name for themselves in the midwest United States and beyond with their subtle nod to blues and punk music, played with an eclectic and unique instrumentation. - https://www.facebook.com/MISCHMPLS/ From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Luna, Luna (formerly MISCH) has an indie pop vibe…

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Hookers & Blow New Years Eve Dance Party (60’s & 70’s R&B) $25

Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 8:30 am - Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 12:30 am
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Ring in the New Year with 60's and 70's R&B tribute supergroup Hookers & Blow! http://www.hookersandblow.org/?page_id=35 Doors - 8:30pm Showtime - 9:30pm Complimentary champagne toast at Midnight! The band has been recognized as Best Cover Band in the Twin Cities numerous years in the Star Tribune and City Pages. Cover bands are plentiful these days but these purveyors of “music from a more permissive era” have some of the most sought-after players in town, a killer song list, heart, and…

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January 2017

Swing Brunch with Patty & the Buttons

Sunday, January 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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Patty and The Buttons preach the gospel of hot rhythm and happy feet. The band is similar to what you would find in a dance hall, cafe or nightclub anywhere around the world between 1920-1940. Despite being an ensemble firmly rooted in tradition, the band presents their music without being shackled to history. They play their own compositions as well as takes on music of the era. Patty’s eclectic taste gives the band diverse influences including New Orleans Traditional Jazz,…

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Nolan John & Matthew French with Sarah Morris (Folk/Roots) $8

Friday, January 6, 2017 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Aster Cafe, 125 SE Main Street
Minneapolis, MN 55414 United States
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http://www.nolanjohn.com Born and raised in small town Minnesota, songwriter Nolan John grew up surrounded by wheat fields under northern lights. So it’s no surprise that’s kind of how most folks would describe his music: americana tunes with an ambient gloss. Although he started playing guitar and performing in junior high, it wasn’t until after college that he tried his hand at songwriting. It started in a Minneapolis apartment with a song about the city he now calls home. After he’d…

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